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Physiatry: Spine and Sports Medicine Fellowship

Joel M. Press, MD, Physiatrist-in Chief, Department of Physiatry
Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, Fellowship Director

Duration: 1 year (August 1 - July 31)
Stipend: $90,257.78  per annum/benefits (subsidized housing also available)
Location: Hospital for Special Surgery

Eligibility and Conditions

The fellowship program is designed for four fellows each year, 2 ACGME accredited Primary Care Sports Medicine positions, filled through the match, and 2 non-accredited positions applied for separately.  Applicants may apply to both programs, however if offered a non-accredited spot are asked to withdraw from the match. The program is flexible to allow for individual interests and needs, although all fellows undergo a similar educational experience and develop similar skill sets, the difference being the ACGME fellow may sit for the Sports Board examination. The fellowship focuses on a comprehensive, non-surgical approach to conditions and diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system with a focus on spine and sports medicine. We are looking to train future Academic Physiatry leaders and strong communication, interpersonal and leadership qualities are desired.

Each fellow will learn to integrate the history, physical examination, and radiographic findings into a comprehensive rehabilitation plan. Our fellows build skills and knowledge of the indications and techniques for advanced physiatric care of musculoskeletal and sports injuries and work closely with orthopedic surgeons to better understand surgical options, indications and complications. They will be exposed to both common and uncommon peripheral nerve and brachial plexus disorders/injuries and participate in high-level electrodiagnostic studies. In addition they will learn to perform a wide array of interventional fluoroscopic procedures, including cervical and lumbar epidural injections (interlaminar, transforaminal and caudal) , facet injections, facet cyst aspirations and ruptures, medial branch blocks, radiofrequency ablation (cervical and lumbar), intra-articular hip and shoulder injections. Comprehensive ultrasound skills are acquired through an introductory ultrasound course with didactics and hands-on scanning, hip cadaver lab and daily clinical exposure. Fellows will be competent in most major joint, bursa, tendon, and PRP injections with ultrasound guidance and many sit for the RMSK exam.

All fellows cover High School and Division I athletic events at Saint Peter’s University, perform pre-participation physical exams and the ACGME fellow is also responsible for weekly training room coverage at Saint Peter’s and covering the Long Islang Nets “G” league basketball team. Marathon coverage, adaptive sports and mass cardiac screenings round out the Sports Medicine exposure, along with an extremely robust year-long didactic curriculum shared by Primary Care Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Sports fellows and attendings. Fellows will become competent in concussion evaluation and primary management under the direction of a board certified TBI fellowship trained physiatrist.

In the course of fellowship training, there will be optional rotations with musculoskeletal radiologist and surgeons. Fellows attend a weekly Sports Medicine lecture series run by the attendings and fellows. In addition, there are weekly Physiatry Grand Rounds and the option to attend weekly conferences in sports, spine, arthroplasty, radiology, foot & ankle and hand with some of the world’s experts.  We have a robust research program and all fellows are required to perform research,. Protected time and research support staff are provided.

HSS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate with regard to sex, color, creed, religion, sexual preference or disability.

Application Process

Applications to the program are considered on an annual basis. A complete application portfolio consists of a curriculum vitae, three or more letters of recommendation, a Dean’s letter, a personal statement and the completed application form. The Physiatry Fellowship Program Committee reviews all applications. The selected applicants are notified and invited to the "interview" process.

All interviews are conducted on the same day - usually the Friday after Labor Day in September.

Please see additional information for all HSS fellowship applicants.

For more information or questions, please email Jennifer Johnson, Physiatry Coordinator at johnsonj@hss.edu.

Completed application package as well as letters of recommendation can be mailed to:

Hospital for Special Surgery
Attn: Jennifer Johnson
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

or email: johnsonj@hss.edu
Tel: 212.774.2131
Fax: 212.606.1746


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